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CaNSDLE DF THE FOUR-MANUAL ORGAN, B5 STOPS, STRAIGHT SPECIFICATION
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, BRANTFDRD, ONTARIO
BUILT IN TDRONTD BY
FRANKLIN LEGGE ORGAN COMPANY LIMITED
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D. D. McTAVISH, Secretary-Treasurer
WILLIAM C. LEGGE, Vice-President
C. FRANKLIN LEGGE, President
Organist, Westminster-Central United Chitrch, Toronto
A S ORGANS differ widely in respect to their placing, architecture
/\ and size of tonal equipment, it is impossible to catalogue
them in a manner similar to other musical instruments. Our
aim, therefore, in preparing this booklet is merely to present to you
a means of reference to our firm, a few of our achievements in the
past, and our standards of manufacturing.
Our firm was founded in 1915 by our President, Mr. C. Franklin
Legge, who before that time was well known as a Church and
recital organist. His Toronto positions include Central Methodist
Church (from 1914), Howard Park United Church (from 1924),
and Westminster-Central United Church (from 1927). From the
beginning the business grew and in 1919 the present location at
918-20 Dufferin Street was secured and a factory erected, which
has since been increased to double the floor space, with further
enlargement now projected.
From our inauguration we have built organs of the modern
electric type only, believing at the outset that the tracker and
tubular-pneumatic systems would soon be discarded. Concentrating
upon the one type of action has made it possible for us to produce
the best at a moderate cost, and our initial policy has been amplv
justified to date. Through the years, numerous improvements and
refinements have been made with the result that our organ action
is now without question one of the simplest, most reliable and
responsive in the world to-day.
WILLIAM F. LEGGE, Superintendent
The tonal side of our instruments, however, has always been
of greatest importance, for in the sound of an organ lies its chief
raison d'etre. We have tried to employ the best points of all the
great tonal schools of the organ world, at the same time leaning
more strongly toward the round diapasons and brilliant reeds of
the English Cathedral organ, filled in with the meaty flutes and
limpid strings of our American contemporaries. We endeavour to
preserve the traditional characteristics of the various manuals, the
brilliant reed chorus topping off the Full Swell, the Diapasons
dominating the Great, and the more delicate accompanimental
stops grouped in the Choir Organ, with an adequate foundation of
Pedal stops including if possible, a thirty-two foot flue stop and
sixteen foot reed and reinforced for variety with several soft sixteen
and eight foot effects.
As the general construction of a fine organ to-day must of necessity
be of the highest quality throughout, we will not go far into
detail in this regard. Our policy is "The best material only."
First quality lumber perfectly seasoned is the only grade used by us,
whether mahogany, walnut, oak, poplar, pine, or basswood.
The high quality obtains in regard to electrical equipment, leather,
hardware, and all other supplies.
The woTld-fiimous voictr, whose tone productwns are a special feature of out organs.
The major points of construction, such as wind-chests, reservoirs,
blowing apparatus, are always designed to give the greatest possible
efficiency and accessibility. Cyphering has been practically
eliminated. The casework and console are designed and finished
to harmonize with the interior woodwork already in the building,
and the whole organ arranged so as to favour the releasing of the
tone as perfectly as possible.
Our policy has always been progressive, adopting modern ideas
before many of our contemporaries, and applying them to those
great fundamental principles on which the King of Instruments has
been developed from earliest times. We recommend and nearly
always use the stopkey registers arranged in front of the player,
instead of the older draw-knobs which must be arranged at the sides
and out of the player's line of sight, and in the case of stops on the
right side, largely out of his reach. While we furnish specifications
on both "straight" and "unified" systems of tone-building, we
usually recommend a judicious combination of both principles
as producing the most comprehensive instrument for the amount
expended. This is the policy also of leading American firms. We
usually recommend the enclosure of part or all of the great Organ
in an expression box, as well as the Swell and Choir, etc., and use
in some cases second touch on one or more manuals, by means of
which many beautiful solo and expressive effects mav be brought out.
Standard Three Manual Console, stopkey type,
all combinations visibly adjustable
CASA LOMA CONCERT ORGAN
Three manuals, over one hundred stops
and effects. Second touch on all manuals.
Full set of orchestral percussions.
ST. JOSEPHS CHURCH
Mr. Franklin Legge at the console of the new three
manual organ, Westmoreland United Church, Toronto
ST. JOSEPHS ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
Three Manual Organ, West Gallerv
BELLEFAIR UNITED CHURCH, TORONTO
Three manuals, thirty-nine speaking stops — harp and chimes,
thirtv-eight couplers and mechanical accessories.
(L^ Few Representative Testimonials Concerning Franklin JCegge Organs
MR. E. W. GOETHE QUANTZ, LONDON, ONTARIO
Forest, Ontario, November 26, 1928.
C. Franklin Legge Organ Company,
The following is an excerpt from the report of Mr. E. W. Goethe Quantz,
supervisor of the Music Department of the London Public Schools, concerning
the organ installed in the Forest United Church by your firm.
"I find that the specifications have been very faithfully adhered to and the
work has been carried out in splendid fashion. The tone quality is excellent —
the blending of the various tonal qualities would be difficult to improve upon,
the voicing is so splendidly done Again may I say how much pleased I
was with the tonal quality of the instrument, the variety of colouring, the exceed-
ing quick action and the general harmonization of your organ with the architec-
ture of your church — the whole being a distinct credit to the Building and Organ
Committees and the congregation."
The Organ Committee is glad to give their hearty indorsation to the findings
of Mr. Quantz. The Committee and the congregation alike are delighted with
the organ. We are also pleased to say that our business relationships with your
firm have been most pleasant and satisfactory throughout the entire transaction.
(Signed) WM. LYON HILES,
Secretary of the Organ Committee :
T. J. PALMER, A.R.C.O.
in the Ottawa "Citizen"
The opening recital on the new organ in St. James' United Church took place
last night before an audience that well filled the auditorium of the church. The
recitalist was Mr. C. Franklin Legge, organist of Westminster Central Church,
Bloor Street East, Toronto, also one of the firm of the builders of the organ.
The new organ is a three-manual instrument of approximately 40 speaking
stops divided as follows: choir 8, great 8, swell 13, pedal 9 and harp and chimes.
The specifications feature a number of stops for attractive solo effects which were
splendidly used by the recitalist last night. The voicing of the organ has been
artistically carried out, and the general effect of the whole instrument is satisfying
and pleasing. The acoustic properties of the auditorium are excellent for music
and consequently an organ is heard to the very best advantage under such ideal
The full organ effect is ample for the church and the tones of the soft or delicate
stops float out from the instrument without obstruction as is so often the case in
churches when the acoustics are faulty. St. James' church offered the organ
builder a great opportunity and Mr.- Legge has taken advantage of this rare chance
with very successful results. 1 was impressed with the general effect of the
DR. HERBERT SANDERS, F.R.C.O.
Organist Park Melville United Church, Montreal
Thursday, Jan. 9th, 1930.
Mr. C. Franklin Legge,
918 Dufferin Street,
Dear Mr. Legge,
I can state with pleasure that the organ erected bv vou in the St. James United
Church, Ottawa, pleases me tremendously.
The action is ingenious, up-to-date, and thoroughly reliable. The full organ
is nobly resonant; the soft stops are remarkably beautiful and altogether the
instrument is capable of delightful effects. Its playing gave me unusual pleasure.
(Signed) HERBERT SANDERS,
(M//J. Doc. F.R.C.O.').
MR. A. D. JORDAN
Organist and Choirmaster Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, Toronto
London, Ontario, January 6, 1930.
C. Franklin Legge, Esq.,
President, Legge Organ Company,
Dear Mr. Legge:
As I was passing the Church of the Messiah in Toronto during the Christmas
vacation, I dropped in to see how your organ was standing up. I was delighted
to find everything in fine shape, and was surprised to learn, that your tuners
had not been at the church since the early summer. The condition of this instru-
ment is an evidence of the solid construction and careful installation of the instru-
ment bv your mechanics, of which vou may justly feel proud.
The pipe work is most effective and I must mention in particular the splendid
and sonorous Diapason organ from the pedal up. Features worthy of special
mention and not usually found in an organ of this size and cost, are the floating
Tuba organ, an impressive tonal complement, the String Choir at 16, 8, 4, 1\ and 2
foot registers, a delightful effect, and I am sure that the Kohlcr-Lieblich Harp
Celeste and Cathedral Chimes are charming all who hear them.
The mechanical details have been carefully looked after. The blower is
powerful but quiet. The action is rapid and noiseless. The interior woodwork
and the casework are most satisfactory in material and workmanship. Altogether
it may be called an outstanding church and concert organ, and one which any
organist should consider it a privilege to preside over.
It gave me the greatest pleasure to he associated with you in my capacity of
consulting organist, acting for the church authorities, and I should like to bear
testimony as to the splendid co-operation given me by yourself and the members
of your staff.
With compliments and kind regards.
(Signed) A. D. JORDAN
Testimonials — continued
ST. JOHN'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, CORNWALL
Cornwall, One, October 25th, 1927.
C. Franklin Legge Organ Company,
On behalf of the Board of Managers of St. John's Church, Cornwall, I wish
to express to vou our satisfaction with your work in installing the new organ
in our church. You have carried out vour contract in a way which meets with the
approval of the whole congregation. The organ has met only with commendation
from all who have heard it. It has surpassed even our expectations, and we
gladly pay this tribute to the good work you have done.
Yours very trulv,
(Signed) L. H. Clark
Chairman, Board of Managers,
St. John's Presbyterian Church.
COLLEGE STREET BAPTIST CHURCH, TORONTO
Toronto, November 4, 1926.
Messrs. C. Franklin Legge Organ Co.,
912 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario.
The new three-manual organ built bv vou for College Street Church has been
in use nearly a year, and I feel that I should pass on to you the appreciation of
the instrument so often expressed bv those who hear it.
The warmth of tone which characterizes this organ is a constant inspiration
to the choir and congregation as well as mvself. The various tone-colors are
well contrasted yet blend perfectly. The Chimes are perhaps the best we have
The mechanical side of the instrument has exceeded our expectations. Although
placed in a newly constructed building where a certain amount of damp was
inevitable, there has been little or no trouble with the action, which for quickness
of response is all that could be desired.
Thanking you for your untiring efforts in producing for us such a fine example
of the modern organ-builders art, which we trust will prove a monument to
your ability and judgment, I beg to remain.
(Signed) H. G. WILLIAMS.
ST. PAUL'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, HAMILTON
Hamilton, March 18, 1929.
Franklin Legge Organ Co. Ltd.,
It affords me a great deal of pleasure to convey to vou in the name of the
Church Council and Congregation of St. Paul's Lutheran Church their hearty
appreciation of the splendid organ vou installed in our Church last December.
The congregation feels entirely satisfied and every one who has heard the organ
is delighted with the beautiful quality of tone. It has been plaved upon by
some of the leading organists of the City and pronounced a splendid instrument
in every way. We will be pleased to recommend it to anyone you wish to rcf;r
Wishing you every success, I am.
Yours very sincerely,
(Signed) A. RAMSPERGER,
1 Connaught Ave. N. Secretary.
As there is such a wide variety both of size and detail in organ
specifications, we will not attempt to print a representative series
in these pages, preferring in each instance to submit a specification
which will meet the exact requirements of the purchaser. Our
recommendations are based upon the size of the building, the
size of space for an organ and its location, and the funds available.
Frequently it is desired to install an organ which will contain
only the stops essential for accompanimental purposes, with
provision for additional solo stops and special features to be added
later on. This is more practical with our system of action than
others, and does not add materially to the ultimate cost of the
Our specifications are scientifically planned in accordance with
the accepted traditional ideals of tonal build-up, and preserving
the departmental characteristics of the various manuals. We do
not approve of the "Unit Organ" as such, but agree with the
growing feeling among organists and organ builders, that some
of the softer stops in an organ may be extended or duplexed in
certain cases, without any sacrifice in the tonal effect, to the
financial advantage of the purchaser. Our system of electric
action permits any of the stops to be used "straight" or extended
for unification as desired, with equal facility.
Construction and Erection
The Franklin Legge organ is not an assembly of parts obtained
elsewhere, but is planned and custom-built from the ground up
in our factory. All action work is placed on the wind, tested and
regulated before shipment, and the final tonal finishing is super-
vised personally by Mr. C. Franklin Legge. We manufacture
our own electric blowers, swell engines, and actions for Harp,
Chimes and other percussions. The percussions and special metal
stops are made to our specifications by specialists who are
recognized as leaders in their various lines. Our system of electric
action is one of the simplest, most efficient, and instantaneous in
operation in the world to-dav. The wind-chest action contains
onlv the valve under each pipe, and the magnet which controls it.
This makes for extreme reliability, coupled with easy regulation
Fifty speaking stops,
fortv-six couplers and
FIRST AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH, TORONTO
Three manuals, thirty speaking stops, thirty-eight couplers and
COLLEGE STREET BAPTIST CHURCH,
Three manuals, thirty speaking stops,
chimes, thirtv-eight couplers and
ALL SAINTS ANGLICAN CHURCH,
Two manuals, twenty speaking stops,
sixteen couplers and mechanical
WINDERMERE UNITED CHURCH, TORONTO
Two manuals, twenty-one speaking stops, sixteen couplers and
For residence and mortuary organs, operating the
organ bv means of hand recorded rolls.
We are the Canadian distributors
for Artistouch Organ Rolls.
THE 'CHAPEL MODEL" ORGAN
A self-contained electric Pipe Organ for smaller Churches, Sunday
. Schools, Lodge Rooms, Funeral Chapels and Residences.
GRACE UNITED CHURCH, TORONTO
Three manuals, thirty-five speaking stops, all enclosed,
thirty-eight couplers ana mechanical accessories
ST. JAMES UNITED CHURCH, OTTAWA
Three manuals, forty speaking stops — harp and chimes
Residence Organ, H. T. West, Esq.
134 Inglewood Drive, Toronto
ZION UNITED CHURCH, HAMILTON, ONT.
Three manuals, thirty-five stops, chimes
Three-manual console of six octave compass A to A.
Pedalboard AAAA to G, 35 notes.
Two-manual console, English type with ivory knobs
at 45 degrees.
Two-Manual Console, Stopkey Type
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